The Forest Banshee's (Na'vi Name: Ikranay) natural habitat is the Rainforest in both the upper and lower canopies as well as rookeries spread throughout cliffs and mesas of the mountainous regions of Pandora.
They have obsidian like teeth with a total of four wings (2 aft) and bones comprised of biologically produced carbon fiber composite much like its larger cousin, the Mountain Banshee.
The Forest Banshee is an aerial carnivorous predator, usually feeding on smaller rainforest creatures such as the Stingbat and the Prolemuris.
The Ikranay, although smaller than the Mountain Banshee, is still a feared predator but it lacks the size to support a Na'vi rider.
Forest banshees usually hunt alone, but can migrate in large flocks spread out in a wide, loose pattern (reasoning for this behaviour is not readily understood).
Like a terran reef shark, the Forest Banshee may size up potential large prey, but seldom attacks anything close to its size, preferring smaller forest animals.
A banshee will make an exception however, in the case of self-defense or when it finds large prey in distress.
Furthermore, like terran reef sharks, banshees will congregate to feed, and if necessary will fight one another for their portion of food.
The creature shares the same basic anatomical advantages as the Mountain Banshee: strong carbon fiber bones and specialized flight muscles and a stiff torso to support its wings.
They can make subtle adjustments to their flight attitude and speed with an articulated tail top which can flare or remain tucked for aerodynamics.
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Avatar Original Scriptment
Congratulations New Meat, you have survived the tour! You learned well and showed respect to Pandora's nature, I shall nickname you 'True Blue'.
You are now at the Four Season Pandora, you can retire to your room or your choice to explore more of the following . . .
Read more about other creatures within the Avatar universe found on this page.
Take the tour again by clicking the right arrow link.
Revisit any creature with the Creature Inventory menu on your left.
Explore the Four Season's Lobby Terrarium - a display of Pandora's plant life.
From the original scriptment: Grace tells them that Hegner used to be head of Xenobiology until his avatar got killed... ripped apart by a SLINTH. The slinth is a large predator, fast as a cheetah, that spears its prey with its head, which is like a venomous lance. The prey wobbles off and collapses, alive and conscious but unable to move because of the neurotoxin. The slinth eats it alive.
Grace explains that the slinth, with its striking head, is the evolutionary precursor of the slinger. The slinger's primary brain is in the dart, so if the body and the dart are ever permanently separated, they both die. The dart cannot feed itself. The body and dart are actually mother and child... the dart is an immature form.
When it grows too big to fly, it will mate, then drop off and metamorphose into a small complete slinger, with its offspring already in place, forming the new dart. Each new generation is the brain for the previous one. Sounds backward, but it works. Josh watches the feeding slinger in awe. He has never seen anything like this... so raw and primal.
(scientific name: Scorpiobattus volansii), or 'Flying Scorpion bat' are small aerial predators with a highly developed navigation system and four eyes. The Stingbat's has translucent fangs and claws with predominant bioluminescence on the wing membrane and torso. One of the Stingbat's features is a Scorpion-like tail stinger and a small brain cavity. The Stingbat is an omnivore, feeding on both flora and fauna; prefering rodent sized creatures, lizards, and fruit. The Stingbat usually feeds alone but will swarm with other Stingbat's against larger prey such as small Hexapede.
Despite the highly developed visual navigational system their small brain cavity and cerebral cortex inhibits their innate survival mechanisms. Despite a constant slaughter, the creatures continue to fly into the range of automated sentry guns that defend the Hell's Gate compound. Their diminished cerebral capacity makes them common prey for larger predators such as the Forest Banshee. But their prodigious mating habit ensures a steady population.
From the original scriptment: 'A one-meter stingbat smacks into his canopy, its tail- stinger screeching on the glass. He crushes it, with one hydraulic hand, almost unconsciously, like someone swatting a mosquito.'
'N'deh makes a high-pitched clicking sound between tongue and teeth, and several of the stingbats flutter down toward him. He holds out some small fruits he has picked on the trail, and the stingbats perch on his arm and shoulders, munching noisily. Josh knows that the stinging tail spines are lethal. He gives the stingbats a wide berth as he helps Grace with her sampling equipment.'